Slim & Trim Monday ~ If at first you don’t succeed…

Try try again! Cliche but true! As I said going into this year–all the various things I’ve decided to achieve this year are goals–not resolutions. Because by resolution standard weighing in at 137.2 this morning would have caused my resolution to be tanked and me to throw in the towel.

But instead I’m sticking with the cliche. Though last week was one of those weeks where good intentions and routine get tossed aside by the craziness that is sometimes life, I did take it to brainstorm about just WHY my goals weren’t quite working or sticking, and why I’ve been so “stuck stuck stuck”.

The internet is a great place to find all kinds of resources. You can learn healthy living with this Guide to Healthcare Schools.  Through some reading and some brainstorming of other places online, I came up with what I think my problems are.

I think the biggest problem is that I’ve been trying to eat the elephant all at once–or maybe rather a whole plateful at a time. But when it really comes down to it weight loss, wellness, and health–like so many other things in life–are really made up of a thousand individual decisions that I make every day. One cookie or brownie after 8 at night won’t destroy me–but a continual pattern of nighttime snacking, every night, leads to dismal results. I was trying to break my BIG goals into achievable ones by instating my monthly goals. But the problem was 2 weeks in to the month I’d slip up, life would happen, or I’d cave–and then I’d throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater–since that month was toast anyways!

Amber’s Jar

Then I had an idea–a little silly, perhaps a tad childish, but it just might work!

Growing up we had a “bean jar”. Anytime we did good, some extra, etc we got to choose one bean and put it in the jar. When it was full we’d get to choose a reward. I recently made a jar for Amber along the same premise. Except for beans we’ve been using pretty blue gems. I started it when Bob began getting underway, and she started having various problems–from waking up crying at night to not listening as well, etc. As soon as I started using her gem jar to reward good behavior she started sleeping through the night again–hurray! She’s decided she wants a trip to the zoo once she fills it all the way up.

So I thought–why not make myself a “gem jar”? That way with each day I’m rewarded (or not rewarded) for the choices I make *that* day. I also decided to break things down into weekly goals that determine whether or not I get “gems” that day. For example–this week I will get a gem for each time I work out, and each day I don’t eat *anything* past 8 at night. I want to start out nice and slow. Baby steps are the way to success since every time I try to jump all the way in I end up floundering!

And my reward? A facial! It’s something I’ve always wanted but never gotten–my favorite kinds of gifts are pampering type ones! There are so many great spa places around here I’m sure I could find an affordable one on Groupon–and what an exciting reward that will be! 😀

So here’s to grabbing back onto the wagon, swinging myself up, and wrenching myself down so I don’t fall off again!!!!

((P.S. So far it’s working…I totally had my normal night noshing craving at 8….but I’m calmly sipping my ice water instead of gorging on something sweet. Hurrays! Wish me luck for the next 6 days!))

Slim & Trim Monday ~ Stuck

The other day I heard Tyler screaming “Stuck stuck STUCK!!!!!” I ran over to find him like this–wedged into our chair. It’s a pretty common word in his vocabularly, haha!

The not so funny part is that I feel like Tyler. When it comes to my weight I keep yo-yo-ing up and down up and down. I feel like sitting down, yelling STUCK STUCK STUCK….and then eating an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food. Because, shoot, if I’m going to be stuck I might as well!

Now, don’t worry–I WON’T do that, I just want to! I weighed in again today at 136. It seems like since I hit the mid 130s my body is going “ok, this is where you’re going to stay so get comfortable.” And while I’m “ok” with that number–I know it’s not my best. I know it’s not where I COULD get if I was to just buckle down and do my best to get UN stuck. I could argue that it’s just from the muscle I’m gaining, and it might be partly that, but I still have chunky arms and my love handle–so that argument could only go so far, haha.

I’m still working out 3 times a week. I want to increase it to four, but my life is just SO full of everything right now finding the time is definitely tricky. I am going to try though. But it’s definitely the food that keeps tripping me up. I know I need to keep track of my food through pictures (which helps me control my intake and portions) and I need to quit snacking late at night. I’ll go all day long and have just my 3 meals and one healthy snack in the afternoon. But then when 8-10 pm hits I get to craving some sweet and/or crunchy. And it’s just all down hill from there–because not only am I caving I’m caving at the worst possible time.

So I’m looking for some help! What do you do when you’re “stuck stuck stuck”? How do you get jolted out of a plateau and back on track?

I have a few ideas of what I’ll try for this next week, but would love to hear from you if you have any tips!

Slim & Trim Monday ~ Stuck

The other day I heard Tyler screaming “Stuck stuck STUCK!!!!!” I ran over to find him like this–wedged into our chair. It’s a pretty common word in his vocabularly, haha!

The not so funny part is that I feel like Tyler. When it comes to my weight I keep yo-yo-ing up and down up and down. I feel like sitting down, yelling STUCK STUCK STUCK….and then eating an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food. Because, shoot, if I’m going to be stuck I might as well!

Now, don’t worry–I WON’T do that, I just want to! I weighed in again today at 136. It seems like since I hit the mid 130s my body is going “ok, this is where you’re going to stay so get comfortable.” And while I’m “ok” with that number–I know it’s not my best. I know it’s not where I COULD get if I was to just buckle down and do my best to get UN stuck. I could argue that it’s just from the muscle I’m gaining, and it might be partly that, but I still have chunky arms and my love handle–so that argument could only go so far, haha.

I’m still working out 3 times a week. I want to increase it to four, but my life is just SO full of everything right now finding the time is definitely tricky. I am going to try though. But it’s definitely the food that keeps tripping me up. I know I need to keep track of my food through pictures (which helps me control my intake and portions) and I need to quit snacking late at night. I’ll go all day long and have just my 3 meals and one healthy snack in the afternoon. But then when 8-10 pm hits I get to craving some sweet and/or crunchy. And it’s just all down hill from there–because not only am I caving I’m caving at the worst possible time.

So I’m looking for some help! What do you do when you’re “stuck stuck stuck”? How do you get jolted out of a plateau and back on track?

I have a few ideas of what I’ll try for this next week, but would love to hear from you if you have any tips!

Back to Monday ~ Slim & Trim

I’ve been choosing healthier snacks, Yey!

Sooo….as I’ve been writing about in my Moms of Faith columns this year is all about seeking balance for me. And it’s definitely a process where you have to continually work at it! I’m still trying to get a schedule that goes well for me, and so I *think* that I’m going to try to switch these posts to Monday. I flipped a few of my other writing slots around and Monday is always one of my busiest days, but it’s also one where I’m nearly always home so that should help….but anyways!

After a few weeks of very disappointing results I stepped on the scales today to see 135.2–woo hoo! So now I’m thinking that I must have just been retaining water or something because last Thursday I had weighed in at 137.6. So that was a good way to start off my week!

I’m jumping into my monthly goal a little late this month as hubby has been here and there and everywhere all over the world these days and that always throws things off for awhile! So my March goals are starting today and they are:

  • Workout 4 times a week
  • Take a picture of every single thing I put into my mouth *before* I put it into my mouth and upload it to the Facebook group daily.

My reward for this month is to buy a pretty nightgown I spotted at Khols while baby clothes shopping (not for me–my nephew arrived today, YEY!!!!) and I’d love to get it since I’d like to try the Pretty Nightie Challenge but don’t have anything in the “in between” grounds–as in between a huge baggy ratty t-shirt and a scratchy ridiculous piece of wire and lace. Hahaha! Maybe TMI but it’s a true story!

Oh and my new Zumba just got in and I tried it out for the first time today! I was reminded of how beyond clutzy and ungraceful I am right away and I stumbled over my two left feet, haha! So it’ll take me a little while to learn the moves, but it really does seem like it will be lots of fun. Also there’s nothing like the feeling of your fat thighs jiggling together to make you want to ditch those extra pounds right?! 😉

How is your weight loss/wellness journey going for you this year?

Back to Monday ~ Slim & Trim

I’ve been choosing healthier snacks, Yey!

Sooo….as I’ve been writing about in my Moms of Faith columns this year is all about seeking balance for me. And it’s definitely a process where you have to continually work at it! I’m still trying to get a schedule that goes well for me, and so I *think* that I’m going to try to switch these posts to Monday. I flipped a few of my other writing slots around and Monday is always one of my busiest days, but it’s also one where I’m nearly always home so that should help….but anyways!

After a few weeks of very disappointing results I stepped on the scales today to see 135.2–woo hoo! So now I’m thinking that I must have just been retaining water or something because last Thursday I had weighed in at 137.6. So that was a good way to start off my week!

I’m jumping into my monthly goal a little late this month as hubby has been here and there and everywhere all over the world these days and that always throws things off for awhile! So my March goals are starting today and they are:

  • Workout 4 times a week
  • Take a picture of every single thing I put into my mouth *before* I put it into my mouth and upload it to the Facebook group daily.

My reward for this month is to buy a pretty nightgown I spotted at Khols while baby clothes shopping (not for me–my nephew arrived today, YEY!!!!) and I’d love to get it since I’d like to try the Pretty Nightie Challenge but don’t have anything in the “in between” grounds–as in between a huge baggy ratty t-shirt and a scratchy ridiculous piece of wire and lace. Hahaha! Maybe TMI but it’s a true story!

Oh and my new Zumba just got in and I tried it out for the first time today! I was reminded of how beyond clutzy and ungraceful I am right away and I stumbled over my two left feet, haha! So it’ll take me a little while to learn the moves, but it really does seem like it will be lots of fun. Also there’s nothing like the feeling of your fat thighs jiggling together to make you want to ditch those extra pounds right?! 😉

How is your weight loss/wellness journey going for you this year?